Wednesday, December 14, 2016

How can I protect my child against the flu?

To protect against the flu, the first and most important thing you can do is to get a flu vaccine for yourself and your child. There is a guide that is available and attached to this email to provide to parents with.                                                                                                                              

* Vaccination is recommended for everyone 6 months and older.

* It’s especially important that young children and children with long term health conditions get vaccinated. (See list of conditions in “How serious is the flu?”)

* Caregivers of children with health conditions or of children younger than 6 months old should get vaccinated. (Babies younger than 6 months are too young to be vaccinated themselves.)

* Another way to protect babies is to vaccinate pregnant women. Research shows that flu vaccination gives some protection to the baby both while the woman is pregnant and for up to 6 months after the baby is born.

Download this Parent Guide and go to CDC.gov/flu for more information.

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